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How to Help Prevent Delirium

If you have a friend or family member who is at risk for delirium, you can do things to help. There is no guarantee that these measures will prevent delirium. Delirium is not preventable in more than 50% of people. That’s because sometimes delirium results from infections, medicines, or other causes that a healthcare provider must address. But they may reduce risk. It may take days, weeks, or even months for delirium to go away, so prevention is important. In some cases, a person may not fully recover.

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About Delirium

Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state. It causes problems with attention, thinking, memory, and emotion. It is seen as a medical emergency.

For Caregivers

Delirium often goes unnoticed in older adults. Learn about the signs of delirium so you can recognize it if it happens to your loved one.


Delirium is a common condition that can be treated. But prevention is important. If delirium is not treated right away, it can cause permanent problems for the person.

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